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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Theme: God's Goodness Fails Not

Readings from the Bible:

1) Ps. 100:5 the (to 2nd ;)

Bible ... the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; ...

2) Josh. 21:45

There failed not aught of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

3) Amos 5:14 (to :), 15 (to :)

Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: ... Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: ...

4) II Chron. 6:41 2nd let

... let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

5) II Chron. 16:11–13

¶ And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians. ¶ And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

6) II Chron. 17:1, 2, 6, 7, 10

And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel. And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken. ... And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah. ¶ Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Ben–hail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah. ... ... ¶ And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

7) II Chron. 18:1, 3, 4, 12 Behold (to ;), 28–34

Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab. ... And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth–gilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war. ¶ And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to-day. ... ... Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one assent; ... So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth–gilead. And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle. Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king of Israel. And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him. For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him. And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded. And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time of the sun going down he died.

8) II Chron. 19:1–3

And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem. And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD. Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.

9) II Chron. 20:30

So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.

10) Luke 4:14

¶ And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

11) Luke 6:7 (to ,), 8–10

And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, ... But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

12) Phil. 4:7 the, 8

... the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

13) Rom. 15:14 ye (to 3rd ,)

... ye also are full of goodness, ...

14) Isa. 55:12 ye (to 1st ,), 13 2nd and

... ye shall go out with joy, ... ... and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Readings from Science and Health:

1) SH 2:16–17

correlative passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy Goodness attains the demonstration of Truth.

2) SH 3:4

Who would stand before a blackboard, and pray the principle of mathematics to solve the problem? The rule is already established, and it is our task to work out the solution. Shall we ask the divine Principle of all goodness to do His own work? His work is done, and we have only to avail ourselves of God's rule in order to receive His blessing, which enables us to work out our own salvation.

3) SH 286:16–17

In the Saxon and twenty other tongues good is the term for God.

4) SH 465:14

The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.

5) SH 103:15

The maximum of good is the infinite God and His idea, the All-in-all. Evil is a suppositional lie.

6) SH 113:9–11, 16–25

The fundamental propositions of divine metaphysics are summarized in the four following, to me, self-evident propositions. ... 1. God is All-in-all. 2. God is good. Good is Mind. 3. God, Spirit, being all, nothing is matter. 4. Life, God, omnipotent good, deny death, evil, sin, disease. — Disease, sin, evil, death, deny good, omnipotent God, Life. Which of the denials in proposition four is true? Both are not, cannot be, true. According to the Scripture, I find that God is true, “but every [mortal] man a liar.”

7) SH 333:3–10 The

... The word Christ is not properly a synonym for Jesus, though it is commonly so used. Jesus was a human name, which belonged to him in common with other Hebrew boys and men, for it is identical with the name Joshua, the renowned Hebrew leader. On the other hand, Christ is not a name so much as the divine title of Jesus. Christ expresses God's spiritual, eternal nature.

8) SH 332:9–11 Christ

Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness.

9) SH 328:4

Mortals suppose that they can live without goodness, when God is good and the only real Life. What is the result? Understanding little about the divine Principle which saves and heals, mortals get rid of sin, sickness, and death only in belief. These errors are not thus really destroyed, and must therefore cling to mortals until, here or hereafter, they gain the true understanding of God in the Science which destroys human delusions about Him and reveals the grand realities of His allness.

10) SH 260:13

Science reveals the possibility of achieving all good, and sets mortals at work to discover what God has already done; but distrust of one's ability to gain the goodness desired and to bring out better and higher results, often hampers the trial of one's wings and ensures failure at the outset.

11) SH 405:17–19 (to 2nd .)

“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” The good man finally can overcome his fear of sin. This is sin's necessity, — to destroy itself.

12) SH 192:23

The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable. Evil is not power. It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.

13) SH 469:30–5

With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.

14) SH 387:19–24

By adhering to the realities of eternal existence, — instead of reading disquisitions on the inconsistent supposition that death comes in obedience to the law of life, and that God punishes man for doing good, — one cannot suffer as the result of any labor of love, but grows stronger because of it.

15) SH 367:31–32

Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness, error, Truth's opposite, has no might.

16) SH 30:19–21

As the individual ideal of Truth, Christ Jesus came to rebuke rabbinical error and all sin, sickness, and death, — to point out the way of Truth and Life.

17) SH 398:13

To the sufferer with the withered hand he said, “Stretch forth thine hand,” and it “was restored whole, like as the other.”

18) SH 21:1–4, 9–10, 12

If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, “I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith,” because you are a better man. ... If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. ... If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy.

HYMNS: 330, 111, 224

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